Category Archives: Fraud/Forgery/Scam/Impersonation/Identity theft

VAUGHAN, ON. : Prince Imalenowa charged in fraud scheme

Police uncover mail fraud scheme

  • 3:40 pm, December 10th, 2014
KEVIN CONNOR | QMI AGENCY
VAUGHAN, Ontario – More than 60 people have been swindled out of thousands of dollars in a diverted mail delivery scheme, according to police.
Canada Post investigators alerted police that mail was going to a post office box instead of the intended recipients. Police believe a significant portion of the diverted mail contained credit cards.

York Regional Police and Canada Post said they were able to determine who was receiving the mail and executed a search warrant on Dec. 3 at a home in Vaughan, Ont., north of Toronto.

Police found cash, gift cards, pre-paid credit cards and fraudulently obtained goods.

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“The credit card companies are taking the losses, but the hardship for these people will be getting their credit rating repaired,” Const. Andy Pattenden said.

“Police would like to remind people as we approach the holiday season to take extra care to check your credit card statements and make sure all the purchases are correct,” Pattenden said.

“Keeping informed on what is on your credit report and credit score can help spot early signs of identity theft.”

Free services such as Equifax and TransUnion can track a person’s credit report, he said.

Pattenden also cautioned people about buying online discounted gift cards.

“If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is,” Pattenden said.

Prince Imalenowa, 35, of Vaughan has been charged with redirect mail, defraud the public under $5,000 and fraud over $5,000.

Canadian lenience in Nigerian scam: Chijioke Samuel Frank and Emmanuel Asuquo fraudsters asked to leave Canada

 BY HANNAH SPRAY, THE STARPHOENIX DECEMBER 9, 2014
 Two Nigerian men caught with numerous fake identity documents have one main condition to follow on their sentences: get out of Canada as soon as possible.

Chijioke Samuel Frank, 25, and Emmanuel Asuquo, 23, pleaded guilty Monday in Saskatoon Court of Queen’s Bench to possessing other people’s ID with the intent to commit fraud.

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VANCOUVER: Iraqi refugge Faris Namrud pleads guilty to 6 counts of fraud over $5K

CBC News Posted: Nov 11, 2014 7:00 AM PT Last Updated: Nov 11, 2014 9:32 AM PT

An Iraqi refugee with a long history of romancing and ripping off women in Canada has pleaded guilty to several counts of fraud and could be deported once his sentence is served.

Faris Namrud, who arrived in Canada in 1999, already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars in the past.

On Monday, Namrud appeared in provincial court in Vancouver via video link and pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud over $5,000.

In the spring, CBC Investigates told the story of one Vancouver woman who said she lost $88,000 to the 46-year-old contractor, who took deposits but didn’t deliver on the work he promised.

A short time after the story aired, Namrud, who was then facing his 11th fraud charge in 10 years, turned himself in to police. More victims also came forward, and more fraud charges were laid.

Faris Namrud

Iraqi refugee Faris Namrud has already served jail time for romancing victims out of hundreds of thousands of dollars. (CBC)

In some of the scams, women who fell victim said he used various Italian aliases, including Gino Montana and Franco Nemro Loranzo, and that he had romanced them out of their savings. Continue reading

WINDSOR, ON.: Kornelia Kurti allegedly used identity of deceased 4 year old girl, Rozalia Kovacs

October 6th, 2014

http://windsorite.ca/2014/10/woman-allegedly-used-identity-of-dead-4-year-old-girl/

Windsor Police have arrested a local woman who allegedly had two separate driver’s licences, one of which was allegedly in the name of a deceased girl 4-year-old.

Police say investigators, along with the Ministry of Transportation, looked into the history of the two names and learned that the woman had a licence in her own name as well as allegedly adopting the identity of a deceased 4 year old girl, Rozalia Kovacs.

The woman had allegedly been using the identity of the deceased girl since 1997.

Kornelia Kurti, 41, is facing numerous charges.

Toronto lawyer Meerai Cho arrested in condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

Toronto lawyer arrested in alleged condo fraud totalling $12.4-million

KAT SIENIUC

The Globe and Mail

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A Toronto lawyer was arrested Tuesday after at least 25 people came forward alleging they paid deposits for a condo in north Toronto, only to learn later that the land had been sold, the developer had fled and their money was gone.

Police laid 75 charges against Meerai Cho, 63, related to condo fraud totalling $12.4-million in expected losses from deposits on units at 5220 Yonge St.

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At a time when construction is booming in Toronto, the alleged fraud calls into question whether strong enough safeguards exist for condo buyers in the city. While real estate lawyers and authorities say a crime of this nature is rare, others say the new-sale market needs more oversight.

“This wasn’t something that somebody met them [victims] down the back alley. This was a condo development, they were dealing with a lawyer at this time, and the purpose of the trust account is to hold the monies in trust, they are not supposed to be moved,” Det. Constable Devereaux said.

The victims’ losses vary from $40,000 to $700,000 in deposits, according to police. Continue reading

TORONTO: Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma lost money in condo development deal

Police investigating after condo deal falls apart

Toronto police confirm they are investigating a number of complaints from prospective buyers in the condo development who say they have lost money.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart.  Toronto police are investigating.

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Vivian Wong, Leo Zheng and Thomas Ma are among the prospective buyers who say they lost money in a condo development deal that fell apart. Toronto police are investigating.

By:  Staff Reporter, Published on Fri Aug 22 2014

When a group of retail and condo buyers purchased units in an up-and-coming Yonge and Finch building also featuring a hotel, they envisioned packing up their current homes and moving into new ones where they would raise families, grow old and make memories together.

Instead, they say they’ve been subjected to almost nine months of anguish as they fret over what happened to the condos they were expecting and the millions they collectively spent on units at 5220 Yonge St. Continue reading

Toronto resident arrested as part of StubHub fraud ring run by Russians

Toronto resident arrested as part of StubHub fraud ring

TU THANH HA The Globe and Mail

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A suspected money-launderer in Toronto is among at least 10 people who have been arrested in an international crackdown on a cyberfraud ring alleged to have compromised 1,600 accounts of the online ticket seller StubHub.

New York County authorities announced on Wednesday they had indicted six men, including Vadim Polyakov, a 30-year-old Russian citizen who is portrayed as the man who directed the operation and who was arrested while he was travelling in Spain. Continue reading

CBSA busted network exporting stolen vehicles to Africa and Lebanon

Posted on 7/17/2014 1:53:00 PM by Tina Tenneriello

Four suspects were arrested Thursday morning and there are warrants for the arrests of three more,  after the RCMP and Canadian Custom Officers (CBSA) busted a network exporting stolen vehicles in containers through the Port of Montreal to Africa.

The investigation started a year ago when three luxury SUVs were found hidden behind mattresses in containers.

CBSA superintendent Jean-François Rainville says 90 percent of the time that’s how thieves hide the vehicles.

“As of January 1, we tracked 173 stolen vehicles and last year it was 415, so there’s a lot of stolen cars that leave the Port of Montreal,” Rainville said; adding that the vehicles are often headed to Africa and Lebanon.

“Most are SUVs and Toyota is the most common brand.” Continue reading

TORONTO: Former CIC employee Aline Zeitoune allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports

Former Immigration Canada employee charged in passport fraud

The Canadian Press
Published Friday, July 18, 2014 3:33PM EDT
Last Updated Friday, July 18, 2014 3:36PM EDT

TORONTO — The Mounties say they have charged a former Citizenship and Immigration Canada employee with breach of trust after she allegedly helped 22 people fraudulently obtain Canadian passports.

They say Aline Zeitoune, 50, of Toronto also faces 96 additional charges.

Zeitoune worked in the CIC’s passport division.

The RCMP say the probe began in March 2013, when the force was contacted by investigators with the CIC’s passport program who suspected one of their employees of processing fraudulent applications.

Zeitoune was arrested Thursday and was scheduled to appear in court later Friday.

Four of the 22 people who allegedly obtained Canadian passports fraudulently have also been charged with passport offences.

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TORONTO: Rosanna Lim, CEO of Platinum Care, Leahnette Acuna, Shannon Lim, Normita Mandoza and Fazeina Sarlat charged with immigration fraud

53 people came to Canada in identity theft fraud, RCMP say

CBC News Posted: Jul 09, 2014 3:44 PM ET Last Updated: Jul 09, 2014 7:39 PM ET

Five people in the Toronto area have been arrested for an alleged scam in Canada’s Temporary Foreign Worker Program. Continue reading